After UFC 177’s original co-main event flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso was moved to UFC 178’s main event spot to cover for the loss of Jon Jones Vs Daniel Cormier, we were left wondering who would now take their spot and now we have an answer.
A lightweight fight between Danny Castillo Vs Tony Ferguson, which was already set to feature on the main card as just been given an upgrade to co-main event status for the event which takes place in Sacramento, California on August 30th.
It’s the best the UFC have been able to come up with at short notice, but it’s an underwhelming co-main event for a PPV broadcast given that neither of the two is even ranked in the lightweight top 15 at this moment in time.
Castillo is coming off a big KO victory over Charlie Brenneman at UFC 172 in April though and in total the former WEC fighter has a respectable 7-3 record to date in the UFC’s Octagon.
Ferguson was the season 13 winner of The Ultimate Fighter and is also coming off a KO win against Katsunori Kikuno at UFC 173 in May. That’s his second win in a row and he’s only been beaten once in his six fights so far under the UFC’s umbrella.
To make up for the loss of Johnson Vs Cariaso from the main card of the event a heavyweight fight between Ruslam Magamedov and Richard Odoms has also been promoted from the prelims to the pay-per-view portion of the show.
That brings the main card back up to five fights, with the event now hosting 10 fights in total including the night’s bantamweight title rematch headliner featuring TJ Dillashaw Vs Renan Barao.